October 4, 2015 - 9:53 am - Posted in News

deer_sxc2Chatsworth, Iowa — An Akron woman hit a deer a half mile north of Chatsworth on Thursday, October 1st.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 7:09 am on Thursday, 65-year-old Linda Bouwman of Akron was driving a 1996 Ford Taurus northbound on Highway 12. According to the report she struck a deer in the roadway.

The Ford received $4000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

October 4, 2015 - 9:50 am - Posted in News

railroad crossing signMaurice, Iowa — An Orange City man’s vehicle was damaged as well as a railroad crossing on Thursday, October 1st near Maurice.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 7:52 am, 19-year-old Diego De Lira of Orange City was driving a 2006 Nissan X-Terra eastbound on Highway 10, two miles north of Maurice. According to the report, De Lira attempted to cross the BNSF Railway Railroad crossing. The report continues that the railroad crossing was under construction and De Lira struck unprepared railway rails in the crossing as he attempted to drive through the railroad construction area.

The Nissan received $10,000 damage; the railroad crossing received $10,000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

De Lira was cited for failing to obey a traffic control device.

October 4, 2015 - 9:34 am - Posted in News

Sioux Sheriff 84-8 FacebookSheldon, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Department investigated a two vehicle accident south of Sheldon on Friday, October 2nd.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 12:03 pm on Friday, 41-year-old Russell Marking of Grenada, Minnesota was driving a 2008 GMC pickup southbound on Highway 60 in the left lane, half a mile south of Sheldon. Twenty-two-year-old Karla Gamez-Alvarez of Sibley was driving a 2003 Ford F250 pulling a Big Tex dump trailer southbound on Highway 60 in the right lane. The report states that Gamez-Alvarez attempted to change lanes as Marking passed her and struck the GMC.

The GMC received $3000 damage. The Ford received $1000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

Gamez-Alvarez was cited for improper lane change.

October 2, 2015 - 11:29 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — Victims of domestic violence anywhere in Iowa have a new outlet for help anytime of the day — and the call center is right here in northwest Iowa. Sara Eastman is director of the Iowa Domestic Violence Helpline, which opened on Thursday, October 1st, 2015.

The helpline is believed to be the only one of its kind in the country. Most of the agencies around the state that help survivors of domestic violence have a local crisis line, but at certain times of the day, those calls may go unanswered.

Calls to the helpline are free. The call center is located in Sioux Center and is funded by a grant awarded by the Iowa Attorney General’s office.

The number is 1-800-770-1650. The staff members are trained to handle everything from crisis situations to counseling. According to Eastman, the statewide helpline could be especially beneficial to victims living in rural areas — as they may be hesitant to call their local program out of fear the person on the other end of the line will recognize them.

October 1, 2015 - 1:09 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — Dedication is set for Friday afternoon in Orange City on a $3.3 million athletic training building at Northwestern College.

The dedication of Northwestern College’s new Juffer Athletic Fieldhouse is during the college’s Raider Days Homecoming and Parents Weekend.

Northwestern College Athletic Director Earl Woudstra gives us a little history.
Juffer Fieldhouse

He says there are three major activity areas in the new building.

Woudstra says the other areas are for strength and conditioning and golf.

Woudstra says the facility is named for Ron and Peg Juffer of Orange City.

The public is invited to the 4:30 PM ceremony, which will be followed by tours.

More information from Northwestern College:

The Juffer Athletic Fieldhouse includes the 6,300-square-foot Korver Athletic Performance Center with state-of-the-art Sorinex weight equipment; an area for dynamic stretching, speed work and resistance training; a reinforced throw wall for use of weighted medicine balls; and a wall-mounted large-screen TV for teaching athletes and kinesiology students proper technique. Use of the center will be supervised by certified strength and conditioning coaches.

The Juffer Fieldhouse also contains a 3,600-square-foot golf practice room with a practice putting green featuring an undulating surface and multiple holes; a straight-line putting station; a variety of turfs for practicing chip shots to the green; and four hitting stations—including one dedicated for swing analysis through the use of a launch monitor that gauges ball speed, spin and trajectory. There are also individual lockers for members of the college’s men’s and women’s golf teams.

The largest part of the building, the 20,000-square-foot Dave and Anita Bomgaars Family Field, is covered in FieldTurf and marked with a 40-yard football field, an indoor soccer field, and foul lines for baseball and softball. It is enclosed with netting for baseball and softball hitting and fielding, as well as equipped with pitching mounds, backstops and batting cages.

The golf practice room will be available to the public at designated times as an extension of their DeWitt Fitness Center membership or through daily use fees. The Bomgaars Field will also be open to the campus community and fitness center members at designated times.

Dave Bomgaars of Orange City, who served as chair of the campaign to raise funds for the $3.3 million building, will speak during the dedication program. Also scheduled to give remarks are Marty Guthmiller, chair of Northwestern’s Board of Trustees; Dr. Earl Woudstra, director of athletics; and Laura Hurley, a senior softball player from Canton, S.D., who is majoring in biology-health professions and mathematics. Bomgaars and his wife, Anita, and Ron and Peg Juffer will participate in the ribbon cutting.

Cannon Moss Brygger Architects of Sioux City designed the Juffer Fieldhouse. Hoogendoorn Construction of Canton, S.D., was the general contractor.

October 1, 2015 - 9:43 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemSioux Center, Iowa — Three vehicles were damaged in an accident near Sioux Center on Tuesday, September 29th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 6:41 am on Tuesday, 20-year-old Angie Padilla was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu northbound on Highway 75, two and a half miles south of Sioux Center, and stopped for oncoming traffic before attempting a left turn onto 440th Street. Fifty-five-year-old Jack Bradshaw of Maurice was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado and stopped behind Padilla. 18-year-old Darric Wurth of Remsen was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo northbound on Highway 75 behind Bradshaw and Padilla.

According to the report, Wurth struck Bradshaw, and the impact pushed Bradshaw’s vehicle ahead and struck Padilla.

The Monte Carlo received $6,000; the Silverado received $7,000 damage. The Malibu received $3,000 damage.

Wurth and Bradshaw reported minor injuries and sought medical attention on their own.

Wurth was cited for following too close. Padilla was cited for no proof of liability insurance/accident related.

October 1, 2015 - 8:15 am - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to try to solve a burglary case in Hull.
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The Sheriff’s Office says they received a call of a burglary report on Wednesday morning, September 30th. They were told that a burglary allegedly occurred at the Hull Coop Elevator, 1206 Railroad Street in Hull.

Upon further investigation deputies believe that the perpetrator or perpetrators stole power tools and other assorted tools from a construction site at the elevator.

Deputies believe the alleged crime took place between Tuesday, September 29th, at 9:30 PM, and Wednesday, September 30th at 6:30 AM.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office. You can call them at 712-737-2280 or use their text-a-tip program. Directions can be found at siouxcountysheriff.com

October 1, 2015 - 1:02 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — An Alton man was taken to the hospital after an accident in Sioux Center recently
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The Sioux Center Police Department reports that 58-year-old Jeffrey Holtz of Alton was driving a 2011 Chevy eastbound on Seventh Street Northwest in Sioux Center. Sixty-two year-old Lynn Buseman of Alcester was westbound on Seventh in a 2003 Ford pickup.

The report says that the Buseman pickup was making a left turn to go west on Seventh Street Northwest from Sixth Avenue Northwest, after stopping at the stop sign. Buseman advised that the Holtz vehicle was eastbound at a high rate of speed. He says the Holtz vehicle failed to stop for the stop sign and collided into the rear driver’s side of the Buseman pickup, causing disabling damage to the Buseman pickup.

The report says that after the collision, Buseman told the officer that the Holtz vehicle left the scene and continued east. It was later discovered that the Holtz vehicle left the roadway and hit a mailbox on the south side of the road. The Holtz vehicle then reentered the roadway and continued east. It left the roadway again and drove over a “no parking” sign.

The front passenger side of the Holtz vehicle then collided with the rear passenger side of a parked 2007 Chevy Avalanche that had been parked outside of a garage. The vehicle then stopped.

It is believed that Holtz had a medical condition that was the cause of the accidents.

The Sioux Center Ambulance took Holtz to Sioux Center Health hospital.

Holtz’s Chevy sustained $5000 in damages, and Buseman’s Ford pickup sustained $4500 in damages, which was enough to total the vehicle. The parked Chevy Avalanche sustained about $500 in damages. The mailbox and sign were valued at $200, each.

No charges were filed.

September 29, 2015 - 11:00 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A Sanborn man will spend up to 20 years in prison following his sentencing Monday in Orange City on a Sioux County charge of Possession of Methamphetamine, Third or Subsequent Offense as a Habitual Offender, a Class D Felony.

Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle says the case against 48-year old Michael Eugene Rydstrom, of Sanborn, was prosecuted by the Sioux County attorney’s office in a collaborative effort with O’Brien County Attorney Micah J. Schreurs for crimes committed by Mr. Rydstrom in both Sioux and O’Brien Counties.

According to Kunstle, the case arose in March of this year, when Sioux County deputies were patrolling Highway 60 for illegal drug interdiction. A deputy recognized Mr. Rydstrom’s vehicle and initiated a traffic stop for speeding. Kunstle says Rydstrom consented to a drug dog walking around his vehicle. After the dog indicated drugs were present, Rydstrom admitted he had a scale used to measure methamphetamine inside the vehicle. The scale was found which still contained methamphetamine.

According to Kunstle, Rydstrom was sentenced to a prison term of up to 15 years, with a mandatory minimum of three years.  The sentence was ordered to be served consecutively to the sentence imposed in an O’Brien County case, and concurrently with a case in Plymouth County, for a total term not to exceed twenty years in prison.

September 29, 2015 - 10:59 am - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — A Rock Valley man was sentenced in Sioux County District Court Monday for Perjury, a Class D Felony; and Gathering where Controlled Substances are Unlawfully Used, a Serious Misdemeanor.

Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle says that the case against 46-year old Clarence Earl Werner of Rock Valley, arose during a civil protective order hearing on February 2nd of this year.  Kunstle says Werner’s ex-wife testified that Werner violated the no contact order by calling her on December 23, 2014.  Werner confirmed this by testifying under oath that he did call her one day when he was in treatment.  Werner was later criminally charged with a Violation of a No Contact Order and the trial was held April 7th of this year.  Kunstle says that, after being placed under oath at the criminal trial, Werner gave conflicting testimony that he did not call his ex-wife.

Werner was sentenced to five years in prison and on the Perjury charge and to 365 days in jail on the Gathering charge, where he will serve 45 days with work release and the prison term and remaining jail time was suspended.